Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Stewart's Backing Webber to Take the Title Away from British Hands

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Stewart's Backing Webber to Take the Title Away from British Hands

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Byline: Matt Majendie

SIR JACKIE STEWART has tipped Mark Webber to succeed Jenson Button as world champion and deny the British public a hat-trick of Formula One titles.

The Australian driver heads into Sunday's Singapore Grand Prix with a five-point lead over 2008 champion Lewis Hamilton in the drivers' standings in a tight title race that sees five drivers separated by a single race win.

But Stewart, who won the F1 crown in 1969, 1971 and 1973, believes Webber will come out on top in a championship battle he expects to go to the final race of the season in Abu Dhabi in November.

"Red Bull are the best placed of all the teams and Mark Webber has the best chance to win it and I hope Red Bull realise that," said Stewart.

Earlier this season, Red Bull were accused of favouring Webber's team-mate Sebastian Vettel but the German has a 24-point deficit to make up on his team-mate and Stewart believes the Milton Keynes-based team need to throw their weight behind the Australian. …

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